HSC Engineering Studies





Mr Miller

Engineering in perspective…

Engineering is the designing (including planning, researching, calculating, modelling, simulating etc) and constructing of any project, article, structure, method or system by human endeavour. It can be as simple as sharpening a stick to make a simple weapon or tool, and as complicated as building a complex space telescope to be thrust into a faraway orbit and transmit images of other planets.

Engineering is everywhere; in time and space. Not one person lives untouched by it.

Is this you?

And what about you?

Course structure...

Course structure...

The 8 modules equal about 7 weeks per unit.

There will be assessment items for each module, including an assignment and an exam.

A consistent compilation of study notes throughout these modules will give you greater understanding of the content, and a useful resource for your Preliminary exams, trials and the final HSC exams.


 understanding of the scope of engineering and the role of the engineer knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and an appreciation of the responsibilities of engineers in society communication skills appropriate to engineering practices knowledge and understanding of developments in technology and an appreciation of their influence on people and engineering practice management and problem-solving in engineering contexts skills in the application of engineering methodology

Put simply…

Areas of Engineering;

Training and qualifications required to be an Engineer;

Career opportunities and job descriptions;

Materials, processes, methods and systems;

Communication within the profession, including software, drawings, CAD-CAM and Engineering report writing;

Calculations used by the profession;

Social, ethical and environmental considerations relevant to Engineering;

Collaboration between Engineering professionals;

Historical aspects;

Recent innovations and new technologies.

My expectations of you...

Ability to work independently during class time;

Ask questions when you are unsure or need clarification – both in and out of class;

Stay on top of the content, commit to deadlines and respect your study commitments.

You NEED your laptop at school charged and ready to go – excuses will not get you a good ATAR.

Where are we going to start?

Module 1 – Engineering Fundamentals.


P1.2 explains the relationship between properties, structure, uses and applications of materials in engineering

P2.1 describes the types of materials, components and processes and explains their implications for engineering development

P3.1 uses mathematical, scientific and graphical methods to solve problems of engineering practice

P3.3 applies graphics as a communication tool

P4.1 describes developments in technology and their impact on engineering products

P4.2 describes the influence of technological change on engineering and its effect on people

P4.3 identifies the social, environmental and cultural implications of technological change in engineering.

Engineered products...

Can be a Product, System or Environment.

This includes, but is not limited to, machinery, computer programs, buildings, bridges etc.

How many Engineering areas are you aware of?